Remote Army of Volunteers

In recent years, a small army of skilled volunteers has been working on a variety of jobs at the museum, including building exhibits and presenting events.

With our doors currently closed, that army has been dispersed but it is still very active. The volunteers have been working at home to keep the museum in operation. For instance:

  • Susan Valenstein, Board member, and Collections Committee Chair, and Charles McCarthy have been working on a major exhibit to explore the history of commercial fishing in Point Judith. Susan Valenstein is also working actively on grant writing.
  • Printers Ed Shunney and Dave Maseglia continue to maintain the extensive Print Shop collection.
  • The Canonchet Gazette newsletter designer and photographer Jim Transue continues to publish the quarterly publication. Linda Pouliot is spearheading the newsletter and membership mailings.
  • Well-known photojournalist and documentary-maker Mark Starr published the museum’s first video on the blacksmithing trade. Now school students learning at home and unable to visit in person for their scheduled field trips due to COVID can still “join us” online.
  • Raymond Merz completed maintenance and painting projects at the Visitor’s Center.
  • Laurie Holland Morris, Janet Malenfant, and Chris Westcott continue to offer countless hours each month maintaining active community groups through Facebook. Consider joining one of the museum’s private groups for more information on Narragansett/South Kingstown memories and Point Judith commercial fishing.
  • Our education advisor Sharon Webster, a retired Narragansett K-12 school teacher, is with RILINK, providing books for Rhode island’s public schools.

The campus is not entirely empty. Executive Director (and resident blacksmith) Jim Crothers and Assistant Director Heather Kisilywicz are putting in more or less regular office hours, and irreplaceable resident caretaker Jeff Swanson cares for the Living Farm animals and keeps the museum grounds always looking good.